History has been forgotten in the drive to innovate. The modern memes of technologically innovative idealism and educational altruism disenfranchise history, suppress memory, and fail to learn from the successes of history, and the disenfranchised have been sidelined, much as they always have been. Idealism has withered in the entrepreneurial vine. In Audrey Watters’ words,
“We now tell these stories about the past, present, and future whereby all innovations emerge from Silicon Valley, all innovations are recent innovations, and there is no force for change other than entrepreneurial genius and/or the inevitability of ‘disruptive innovation’.”
The Society was a profound meaningful disruption of the educational status quo in favour of the profoundly disenfranchised who successfully self organised to provide access for themselves to that which they were in desperate need of and from which they had been disbarred. Determination, idealism, need, and the suddenly new possibilities of technology collided to create meaningful, genuinely disruptive opportunity.
Modern MOOCs have extended their elision to the disenfranchised more generally, and the Sebastian Thrun’s pivot, to take one example, has been from one of idealism to one of enterprise.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.digitalpedagogylab.com